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Easy Rider


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Easy Rider
New 40th Anniversary Print Dennis Hopper, 1969

Soundtrack Available: Music in American Film

Watch—and listen to—classic movies whose popular music soundtracks propel action, underscore emotion, heighten authenticity, and stay in our memories. Organized by Wexner Center Film Curator David Filipi, the<i>Soundtrack Available</i>series features films notable for their creative and thoughtful use of popular music as a cinematic element. Many spawned soundtrack albums whose impact equaled that of the films themselves.

Thu, Aug 20, 2009 7 PM

See the film that launched a new approach to movie music. Easy Rider is widely credited as the first movie to feature rock songs as a narrative foundation.

The quintessential American motorcycle road movie, Easy Rider follows bikers Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda as they try to make it from Los Angeles to New Orleans in time for Mardi Gras. The film made a star out of then-struggling Jack Nicholson and helped get Albert Brooks out of a speeding ticket in Lost in America. The counter-culture staple's songs include the Band's "The Weight" and Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild." (95 mins., 35mm)

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Save with a convenient packet of 9 Soundtrack Available ticket vouchers for only $36 for members, students, and senior citizens or $54 for the general public. The vouchers can be used at any Soundtrack Available film or redeemed for multiple seats at any combination of screenings. Call (614) 292-3535 or stop by the Wex to get the ticket pack.

SOUNDTRACK-THEMED DRINKS: Check out the Soundtrack Available-themed drinks at Surly Girl Saloon (1126 North High Street, Columbus) this summer (examples include The Easyrider and The Manhattan).

REDUCED PRICED SOUNDTRACKS: Visit Used Kids Records (1980 North High Street, Columbus) to browse and buy soundtrack recordings with discounts available if you bring in a ticket stub from any Soundtrack Available movie.

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